We may not be getting any more adventures in the TARDIS until this Christmas, but we still have a lot more of the Doctor to look forward to. Last year, showrunner, Steven Moffat, announced that he thinks the show is going to run for 'at least five more years' and we know that the Doctor has a whole new set of regenerations up his trick sleeve. In recent news, Steven Moffat is set to step down from his role as the show's showrunner after its tenth series which will air its thirteen episodes early next year. The role of showrunner will now be consigned to writer and producer, Chris Chibnall. Chibnall has had plenty of experiences with Doctor Who previously as he was the co-producer and writer of its spin-off series, Torchwood. He also wrote several episodes for the show, including the fan-favorite episode, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.
As Moffat told BBC America:
Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I'm just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of 'Broadchurch', I'll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new show-runner of 'Doctor Who.' And I will be thrown in a skip.
Even the star of the show, Peter Capaldi, fears that his untimely end may be approaching as Season 10 takes form, although Steven Moffat says he's not going anywhere. With all of this being done, we have quite a bit to be pumped for. And while I am not too keen on kicking Capaldi to the curb just yet, I will gladly jump ahead of the game and share my picks on which actors should be deemed worthy enough to crash-land the TARDIS throughout space and time.
I will admit that it's a bit of a shift from protecting a young Bruce Wayne from the crime-riddled streets in the city of Gotham on FOX's crime-procedural drama. Here you have the son of the third doctor who is the carbon-copy of his late father, Jon Pertwee. Pertwee is no stranger to the subject matter, explaining:
It would be an honor, but I think I would be completely terrified. They’re large boots to fill. My dad would have absolutely split his sides if I did that, I’m laughing just thinking of his reaction. Doctor Who was a huge thing in my life, but the thing is my father was just an actor. I was surrounded by extraordinary people all my life. The people he was interested in weren’t actors, they were artists, pirates, smugglers, butchers, florists, whatever. My recollection of being brought up by my dad was in Ibiza, so I remember this idyllic bohemian lifestyle.
The actor won Halloween with a viral photo of him dressing as his father's iconic role.
He and Peter Capaldi are both fans of the Third Doctor and have repeatedly crossed paths. Here they are paying homage to the character using his iconic pose.
I don't know about you but there's a part of me that just feels that this is meant to be.
Fresh off a great turn in Quentin Tarrentino's The Hateful Eight, the actor confirmed in a response to a fan question in an AMA about whether or not he’d be open to taking on the role, saying:
Ok. If this is the casting director, I’m all for it.
This would be the actor's first return to television since Lie To Me and Klondike. And I know that just because Tim Roth mentioned in an online chat that he's interested in taking on the role of Thirteen, doesn’t mean that he’ll donning a pair of sonic glasses in the foreseeable future. A twist in the end of Series 8 saw a Time Lord regenerate into a Time Lady. For all we know, Doctor Who is preparing to spice things up and cast a woman as the next Doctor, which leads me to my next casting choice.
By far, one my favorite actresses of all time. Her inconsistent acting choices make her a perfect candidate for a role such as the Doctor. She can play quirky villains such as the Red Queen and Bellatrix Lestrange, but can also step into the shoes of a quirky character such as The Fairy Godmother. Her range of talent is what I'd say makes her worthy enough to be the first female Doctor. And if not her then...
When she's not busy working for the SSR and saving the world on ABC's Agent Carter, she could fly around in her TARDIS aided by a male companion may-we-say? The actress stated on her now expunged Twitter account early last summer that she would like to be THE Doctor and I am all for it. The only thing holding the show back from going this route is the fact that they'd probably lose a lot of stubborn viewers who only want Time Lords instead of Time Ladies.
Steven Moffat spoke out about the potential of an eventual Time Lady during a BAFTA celebration at the New York Institute of Technology. He deduced:
There’s an aspect to it where you could say that if you made the Doctor female you’d lose a fairly unique rare role model, I’m not sure if I’m completely persuaded by that argument purely because I don’t think the Doctor is the role model of Doctor Who. He isn’t. Because you can’t really base yourself on the Doctor. He’s off the spectrum, barking mad, from space and has lots of mysterious abilities that we do not. How do you base yourself on that? The role model is actually the other character, his best friend, the person who deals with this out of control, overgrown schoolboy racing around the universe being rather too imperious and too interfering for his own good.
While Moffat has been equivocal about the likelihood of a female Doctor, companion Jenna Coleman said at Comic-Con, "I’m sure it will happen at some point. I think it’s just about casting the right actor." If you've got a pick(s) that you believe beat out all of mine, give me a shout below.
Season 10 of Doctor Who arrives early next year on the BBC.